Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 764   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Belgian top-fermented cherry beer on the basis of a reddish brown ale matured in oak casks.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8914) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 12, 2006
Bottle. Ruby-raspberry color with a quickly disapating pinkish head. Dusty, earthy, tart, fruity aroma. Fruity (cherry) flavor with light earthy tartness. Nice complexity. Lingering earthy, cherry flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nejhleader (1511) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2006
On Tap. Had a very sour and tart tast to it. Aroma was similiar. Not sure if I tasted any cherries at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Caramel colored body with a thin, off-white head. Sour fruit aroma, some vinegar. A cherry, cinnamon, nutmeg flavor. Nice cool ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Clear dark cherry color with a thin white head. Slightly sour aroma. Sweet cherry flavor with some light sour hints.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Full aroma with cherries (of course) and also some tender maltiness. The appearance is dark ruby and even the head is a light pink. Sour and tart, as I expected, but it seems slightly off-balanced: it needs something other than the fruit to distinguish it from other fruit beers, it isnt quite malty/sweet enough, and the sourness itself just isnt enough to carry the flemish sour ale title, IMHO.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5802) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Reddish purple color with pink lace - aroma of sweet cherry syrup, acidity and band-aids - quite dry and medium-tart - just a mild cherry presence, not overpowering - dry, mineral-like finish - decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aquahop (8) - Oregon, USA - MAR 3, 2006 does not count
Nice beer. Light cherry flavor. Excellent tartness. Not much acetic note at all. This is a very mouth watering beer which I could drink much more of. Much better beer than the Vichtenarr. Smooth lactic presence with a dry tart finish. Could use a bit more cherry to it, perhaps.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - FEB 13, 2006
The aroma is of tart cherries and a viniger background. The beer pours a mahogony with a pink fizzy head. There is a tartness to the body with a sour cherry a malty sweetness balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2006
Pours a muddy reddish-brown. Bubbly head diminishes rapidly. Aroma reminiscent of the layer of decomposing leaves and cherries in an orchard after harvest. Vinous with cherry sweetness and a neat bit of malt. A tad too much carbonation brought the mouthfeel down a bit. Develops a puckering feel almost like a cherryade.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Uh oh... could this be spoiled? That would really make my day... not like this little 33cl bottle didnt cost almost $4. Lets see... brown rust where the cap was held, tinny sour spoiled nose of foot sweat and tobasco sauce... oh man something here is wrong, but I cant place it. There does seem to be a bit of a cherry presence in there, and being a sour ale an all I guess some weirdness is expected, but this thing could just as easily be interpreted as being massively spoiled or infected. When sour ales arent made well this is what happens... you just cant tell. Has a massively burnt flavor of peanuts, chemicals and cherries, with a tinny rust flavored minerally body. Bleeeuuughhhh. Bad on so many levels. Someone said balsamic cherries, I think theyre right.

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